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Dr. Wayne Shapiro graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in history and has completed extensive coursework in literature and writing. A year later, he earned his teaching credential from UCLA. Following the two years he spent teaching in Southern California, he served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea where he taught English, math, commerce, and library skills. Upon returning to the U.S., he was selected for the Peace Corps Fellows program during which he taught in the Baltimore City Public Schools system and earned his Master's of Arts in Education at Towson State University (now Towson University). During this time, he joined the Maryland Writing Project (MWP), eventually becoming the co-leader of their teacher research program. While working with the MWP, he presented papers at various conferences, including the University of Pennsylvania Ethnography Forum. Next, he taught at North Harford High School where he was a finalist for the Harford County Teacher of the Year Award and was named Western Maryland College's (now McDaniel College) High School Teacher of the Year. In 2003, he returned to Southern California to earn his PhD. in curriculum and instruction at UC Riverside where he also taught graduate-level courses. After serving as Computer Lab Supervisor at AOC, he joined the staff as an English teacher.